‘No Fairytale’ from Rosie Eade(June 27, 2012)
If the debut album ‘No Fairytale’ from Rosie Eade doesn’t find a place in folk rock fame then something is sadly wrong. There is enough presence and power in this album to raise the dead. And if you hear it once and don’t keep at least one track in your head for days then you probably already are. Rosie’s voice ranges from fairy-like frailty to rich, rounded and rocky – she’s equally at home empathising with gentle lyrics or punching out a potent folk rock vibe.
‘No Fairytale’ is billed as a concept album that brings together “folk myths and fairytales with a dark twist.” That may be, for me it’s also true to say that Rosie Eade is a singer-songwriter equally at home delivering her own songs or rearranging traditional songs to fit her style. She does both very well and ‘No Fairytale’ makes that obvious with its multiple facets of folk rock.
The reflective, acoustic string-driven opener ‘Seagull Eye View’ leads you gently into the album. Don’t relax too much because here comes the Americana-tinged ‘Queen of the Tower’ replete with latent energy, and for another take on the rockier side of folk there’s the bass-powered thump of ‘Venice’ as Rosie takes the reins off her voice and cuts its power loose. There are also fine versions of traditional songs such as ‘Broomfield Hill’ - as arranged by Show of Hands, and Steeleye Span’s take on ‘Seven Hundred Elves’, which Rosie delivers to perfection. Were you sitting still? Not for long.
Rosie also cuts you a thick slice of dark folk - the somewhat disquieting ‘Cinderella Sticks the Knife In’ comes complete with machine gun percussion, electric ‘fuzz’ mandolin and slashing steel guitar. This one boils with intensity.
Just in case you’re thinking ‘No Fairytale is all folk rock delivered at break neck speed there’s more to hear. ‘Make Belive’ explores Rosie’s voice at its mournful best, the achingly beautiful ‘Avebury’ with its precisely placed harmonica offers a timeless message and if the poignant sadness of ‘The Last Page’ doesn’t reach you then not a lot will.
If classic English folk rock drives your wheels then get ready to ride with Rosie. You can get your copy of 'No Fairytale' here: http://www.rosieeade.co.uk/music.htm
Alongside Rosie Eade (vocals, classical guitar, low D whistle) musicians performing on the album are Glenn Barnes (banjo) Steve ‘Shrapnel’ Bassett (cajon and drums) Lesley Conquest (fiddle) Jim Gair (fretless bass guitar) Keith ‘Red’ Hammond (double bass, electric bass guitar) Kirsty Macleod (vocals) Davey Malone (bazouki, vocals) Stephen Matthews (electric and acoustic mandolin, bodhran) Jim Riley (harmonica) Cari Sayers (fiddle) and Stuart Turner (steel guitar).
Reviewer: Tim Carroll